Coach Ray

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Training Plan

Get Fit to Ride the Old Ghost Road

  The Old Ghost Road is an iconic Mountain Biking Trail in New Zealand. The 85km single-track adventure takes the rider through remote valleys, mountain tops and river gorges. It is a Grade 4 (advanced) mountain biking trail and has a…

Thursday Training Plan: 4 Weeks to a Faster 1500m With Only Two 2km Sessions per Week

  As you follow the programme you will find yourself swimming  your 1,500m faster. Now whether that is a PB or not will depend on how fast you have swum in the past, but it will definitely be faster at the end…

Friday Fartlek Run – 12x 2min Hill Reps

This is a hard VO2 Max workout that develops your ability to sustain your top end intensity and enhances your ability to develop power (especially on hills). Hill reps are an important training session for all runners, as well as…

Thursday Training Plan: Park Run Training Plan (BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE 16 week Plan – Start Anytime)

Park Runs are free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and they encourage people of every ability to…

Thursday Training Plan: Rotorua MARATHON Training Plan (INTERMEDIATE 12 week Plan – Start 12 Feb 18)

The Rotorua Marathon is one of the most iconic marathons in New Zealand. This training plan will take an intermediate runner and increase their fitness level to enable them to comfortably run faster than they previously have on this course.

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) CYCLING Training Plan (Intermediate 6 week Plan – Start Anytime)

Want a 20% increase in FTP over 6 weeks? Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is a key determinant of endurance cycling performance. Following this 6 week programme has given my athletes an average of 18.8% improvement in their FTP. I got a…

Thursday Training Plan: Ring Of Fire 72km ULTRAMARATHON Training Plan (Advanced 12 week Plan – Start 15 Jan 2018

The Ring of Fire is an exciting new ultramarathon being held around Mt Ruapehu in April. This training plan will take experienced and fit trail runners and increase their fitness level to enable them to comfortably compete this first time…

Getting Started in RUNNING Training Plan (BEGINNER 4 weeks – Start Any Time) 4 Weeks to 4km

A lot of people are keen to give running a try, (especially as part of their New Years Resolution) but are unsure how to get started. This training programme will guide you through getting started and have you running 4km…

Thursday Training Plan: The Big Tahuna 3km OCEAN SWIM Training Plan (BEGINNER 12 Week Plan Starts 08-JAN-18)

With the Big Tahuna 3km Ocean Swim rapidly approaching, I’ve got a programme for athletes wanting to complete it.  This programme starts on the 8 January 2018 and will take you right through to the The Big Tahuna on the 31 March 2018.

Thursday Training Plan: Saint Clair HALF MARATHON Training Plan (BEGINNER 20 Week Plan)

With the Saint Clair Half Marathon rapidly approaching, I’ve got a programme for athletes wanting to finish it for the first time.  This programme starts on the 25 December 2017 (don’t worry it’s only an easy 30 min jog on Christmas…

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